NCEA Podcast

This podcast is for leaders and teachers in the field of Catholic education. We elevate people who are doing great work and have a general focus on leadership successes and challenges in Catholic education.

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Can the District Really Do That?

Wednesday Apr 05, 2023

Wednesday Apr 05, 2023

Join NCEA's Sr. Dale McDonald, Vice President of Public Policy as she shares how to navigate the federal consultation process with NCEA's Laura MacDonald. With a basic understanding of title funds and resources in hand, schools can be prepared to receive maximum federal benefits!
This episode is sponsored by Archangel Education + Technology.
NSBECS Standards: 10.4 

The Pedagogy of Prayer

Tuesday Apr 04, 2023

Tuesday Apr 04, 2023

How do we as educators think about what it means to teach kids to pray? Join Hallow Kids' Content Lead, Ashley Lenz, as she discusses best practices for instructing students in the faith. In the same way that we have a process for instructing students in learning how to read or do long division, there is also a pedagogy of prayer.  Learn more about how Hallow's children content has been built with these best practices in mind and how you can practically implement them in your classroom.
This episode is sponsored by Hallow:

You Can Make a Difference

Thursday Mar 30, 2023

Thursday Mar 30, 2023

Making a difference is what they do at St. Bernard School in Thief River Falls, Minnesota and Laura Brickson is “blazing the trail”. It will only take a moment to realize why Laura is a recipient of the NCEA Lead.Learn.Proclaim award for 2022-2023.  This servant leader is a living example of what you can do when you listen to others, work together and live out the mission of your school. Listen in as she shares strategies and many words of encouragement with NCEA’s Laura MacDonald. This podcast may be just what you need to make a difference too!
This episode is sponsored by Catholic Faith Technologies:
NSBECS Standards: Governance and Leadership 6.2, 6.4, 6.6, and 6.7 


Tuesday Mar 28, 2023

Tuesday Mar 28, 2023

A new community platform, FACTS^SPACE, provides a unique online professional community for FACTS clients. Through this online community, FACTS users from across the country can find their new “crew,” connecting with “crew members” just like them. There are many ways for users to connect, with dedicated groups organized by job title, type of school, FACTS product used, school location, and more. Users can answer each other’s questions and get advice, learning how other crew members are tackling challenges and working most efficiently in their schools. FACTS team members are active in the space too, providing a great opportunity to connect with the schools they serve.

Thursday Mar 23, 2023

Join Lincoln Snyder, President and CEO of NCEA, and Dr. Ashley Rogers Berner, Director of the Institute for Education Policy at Johns Hopkins University, as they discuss pluralism in education. Listen in as they explain how America's education system differs from other countries and how the Catholic school system has evolved over time.
Dr. Ashley Rogers Berner is the author of "Pluralism and American Public Education: No One Way to School," published in 2017. She has a new book coming out on how we can bring the structure of pluralism and the accountability aspect together appropriately. This book gives real-world information on how leaders can support pluralism. 
Learn more about Pluralism in Education here:
This episode is sponsored by Otus.

Wednesday Mar 15, 2023

Lorenzo, Ella, Alex and Ella may be from three different Catholic schools in three different states, but they all have something in common. They saw a problem and decided to serve up a solution! Their commitment earned them the NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Awards, but more importantly inspired others to get involved. Learn how their steps made a big difference in their communities and how we can best support students in our schools on their service journeys! 
This episode is sponsored by Archangel Education + Technology.
NSBECS Domain: Mission and Catholic Identity; Standards: 3.3, 3.4

Monday Mar 13, 2023

There has been a lot of conversation around the value of implementing standards-based grading in K-12 school systems. Research has shown that educators can accelerate students' mastery of learning standards through meaningful and appropriate feedback while experience has proven implementation and buy-in from stakeholders to be common challenges. While discussing common grading systems utilized in K-12 schools from standards-based to traditional and hybrid grading, Kendell Hunter shares in this podcast:
How different grading scales communicate student performance
The meaning that grades carry, whether points or standards-based
Student motivation — is it tied to a specific grading policy?
This episode is sponsored by Otus:

Faith, Science and Showing Up

Thursday Mar 09, 2023

Thursday Mar 09, 2023

How can we raise up our children in truth, beauty and goodness? Can we take on one more thing? Sr. John Dominic and Dr. Karen Villa sit down with NCEA's Laura MacDonald to discuss neuroscience, faith and SEL. It sounds complex, but with a foundational knowledge of each and an understanding of how they correlate, we will be on the path to wholeness and ready to show up for each other! You won't want to miss this episode with a glimpse of what's to come at NCEA 2023.
This episode is sponsored by Catholic Faith Technologies.
NSBECS Domains: Mission and Catholic Identity, Academic Excellence; Standards: 3.4, 7.5 

Monday Mar 06, 2023

We know that one of the biggest challenges in the Church today is passing down the faith to the next generation. Tune in to this week's podcast to hear NCEA's Vice President of Assessments, John Galvan, chat with Deacon Scott Conway, the Superintendent of the Diocese of St. Augustine, about this challenge. John and Deacon Scott discuss the importance of family engagement, parish life and catechetical formation across the nation. Deacon Scott goes in-depth to break down how he uses NCEA Rise to evaluate the health of parishes in St. Augustine, and how to use NCEA Rise assessment to help build the culture and relationships that our parishes and churches yearn for. 

Thursday Mar 02, 2023

Connect with Joy Roberts and Julie Widman, NCEA 2023 keynotes and founders of Friendzy as they discuss common challenges schools face across the country with NCEA’s Laura MacDonald. With simple acts we can show our community they are known, seen and cared for and continue to cultivate a positive culture in our Catholic Schools.
This episode is sponsored by Curriculum Associates, best known for their flagship product i-Ready.
(NSBECS Standards: Governance and Leadership 6.2, 6.4, Academic Excellence 9.2)


National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)

NCEA is the largest, private professional education association in the world. NCEA works with Catholic educators to support ongoing faith formation and the teaching mission of the Catholic Church. Our membership includes nearly 140,000 educators serving 1.6 million students in Catholic education.

As a professional association whose focus is Catholic school education, NCEA’s focus is to lead, learn and proclaim by:

  • Developing current and future leaders;
  • Providing educational resources and strategically expanding professional development opportunities for those committed to the mission of Catholic education; and
  • Serving as the national voice for Catholic schools

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